Monday, May 30, 2011

Crass Advertising

 Update May 31, 2011

Being a Vancouverite, I always believed that the CPR owned the Waterfront Station.   Wrong.

At the very least, if not CPR, then Translink.    Wrong.

Vancouver?  Wrong.

Province of British Columbia?   Wrong.

Waterfront Properties is owned by Ontrea Inc. (which is wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board), and managed by Cadillac Fairview Management Services.


Please note that no signs or lettering shall be inscribed, placed, or affixed in the leased premises or the building which are visible from the exterior of the building or common areas unless authorized by Cadillac Fairview.

 May 30, 2011

Today was a very busy day down at Waterfront Station, at 601 West Cordova Street.   No cruise ships in port, but still the masses were churning out of the station and heading, mostly, towards GasTown.   The first photo opportunity to catch the tourist's attention is a bronze Angel of Victory Statue:

........ crafted by London-born sculptor Coeur de Lion McCarthy. It was commissioned in 1922 in memory of the 1,100 CPR employees who died in World War I. A plaque that also memorialized those who perished in World War II was added in the late 1940s.     Source

600 W. Cordova CB CPR Station Bronze War Memorial -  Angel of Victory
       - See Note Below on Vancouver Heritage sites

 The Angel of Victory was originally situated at the western edge of the Canadian Pacific Railway Station on Water Street.  In 1978, the statue was moved to the eastern end of the building.

Google Street View. The Angel of Victory is at the far right corner of the building, ground level

May 30, 2011
To commemorate those in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company whom at the call of King and Country left all that was dear to them, endured hardship, faced danger and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others may live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names are not forgotten.    Source

On this particular day, May 30, 2011, photographers got more than they bargained for.
May 11, 2011           Flags of countries?

May 30, 2011       Menu beside a War Memorial
Coincidentally, or planned, the Menu is exactly at the same elevation as the plaque on the statue.  The Menu couldn't be any closer either, unless the eastern legs were cut shorter.

Read the plaque, look sideways, Read the Menu.

I wonder though, what our visitors were thinking about how we treat our war memorials.


Municipal Heritage Designation

Vancouver Heritage Register
Formerly known as Vancouver Heritage Inventory dated August 1986   Snip

2.1                      A - Primary Significance
Represents the best examples of a style or type of building; may be associated with a person or
event of significance.

2.2                     B - Significant
Represents good examples of a particular style or type, either individually or collectively; may
have some documented historical or cultural significance in a neighbourhood.

2.3                     C - Contextual or Character
Represents those buildings that contribute to the historic character of an area or streetscape,
usually found in groupings of more than one building but may also be of individual importance.
While the category is a useful reference, the key is that whichever category a building is placed
under, it has heritage value.

2.4        Heritage Protection and Recognition
In addition, other notations are found on this listing, including those indicating legal protection
and other formal recognition.
An “M” or “P” following the building evaluation, indicates buildings or sites that are protected
by a legal heritage designation
by the City of Vancouver (“M”) or the Province of British
Columbia (“P”). Some of the municipally designated sites in Chinatown and Gastown may not
have an “A”, “B” or “C” category. However, they may still have historic value.

600 W. Cordova        CB CPR Station Bronze War Memorial -  Angel of Victory
601 W CORDOVA   A(M)   CPR Station             

A sad, beautiful memorial, covered in soot


"They're neglected, they're not taken care of - we aren't proud of them. We think they should be celebrated and preserved, taken care of and cherished. It's something [Heritage Vancouver has] been talking about for a long time, and it's time to take action. Especially since we're hosting the world in 2010 - we don't want people to see the neglect of our commemorative statues and monuments. It's pretty sad."  Vancouver Sun


Update June 2, 2011

Others have written on this topic before:

Masters Planning
The Heritage Vancouver Society

Angel of Victory Monument  Flickr 

Cut-away view of Vancouver Waterfront CPR Station
Montreal, Quebec

Winnipeg, Manitoba


without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.

There's got to be a Vancouver City By-Law that covers improper "use" of war memorials.........

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, all those Rock Hounders, Outdoors persons, Snowmobilers too, and of course Rescuers of......

 "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost"      J. R. Tolkien

Over the last four years there have been plenty of accidents involving snowmobilers, but it was the one near Rossland/Creston last year that left me shaking my head when it was reported that the exact location of the  abandoned mine's whereabouts was NOT going to be released to the public, even after an intensive rescue operation, and plenty of reporting by the press.

The snowmobile didn't fall down the shaft, although it could have quite easily.  The Snowmobiler, on the other hand, was thrown from his saddle and did fall down the unmarked mine shaft, head first, for 90 feet.  

The starting point for the rescue operation, as reported by CBC, was 49.0582, -117.0416   aka  Kootenay Pass

When it was all said and done, the GPS coordinates of the incident, were turned over to the Inspector of mines of British Columbia to be buried, never to see the light again.

You'd think the Inspector of Mines would know where every one of his "charges" was located in the Best Place on Earth, but that's like questioning other government officials on the subject of dams, and suddenly seeing their look of uncertainty.

Google search criteria     rossland gps snowmobiler rescue abandoned mine

This Post started when I was researching for the "Golden Jubilee Medal" information when I came across something that made me sit up and go WOW!

The Gazetteer once said, that I had great Data Mining capabilities, and this time I came across a golden nugget, the size of a fist.   I looked at the data, a spreadsheet, and a sensation of Klondike Cabin Fever, hoarding, came over me for a month and a half.   I didn't want to share it, with anyone.

Tomorrow is the Rock Hounder Rendezvous 2011  which is happening in Princeton, BC, so today is a good enough time to come out of my Cabin and go for an excellent refreshment at the Cowboy Coffee - Bean Around the World.   The Cowboy Coffee was typically incorrectly marked on Google Map, and Google Earth because the two software programs use the address of the building and doesn't really zero in on unit #9, therefore the markers end up being planted in the middle of the road a block away from the highway.

Cowboy Coffee - Bean Around the World, is within eyesight of the highway, with plenty of free parking.    49°27'29.16"N 120°30'23.99"W

Did I mention the In House Made Sandwiches and Baked Goods?   I should have, they looked absolutely delicious.

Getting back to the data, it consists of every mine in British Columbia.  It lists off the commodities (minerals) at each mine.  The longitude latitude.   And if you want to narrow the search to say ABANDONED, the spreadsheet will do that for you to!

Or how about narrowing the search to just South Western BC?

How about Prince George?

Prince Rupert?

The word Golden?

Longitude latitude, for a radius of 50 kilometres of your specific location?

The data can be loaded into Google Earth/ Google Map / GPS (of course).

In Google Earth, paths, roads, clear-cuts of yore that once upon a time went undetected, can now be seen to be as part of something greater.  With the data from this spreadsheet it all starts to make sense.

Just remember, the mine properties could be private, so too the roads, even so, they should be properly marked to prevent any unforeseen accident from happening.

Brochure page 11 of 12 has this, these, warnings.

If the provincial government is NOT going to be providing the public with an up to date database of where the pitfalls are in the Best Place on Earth, how about sending that info to one central location, a blog.

The Source of the Spreadsheet:   all depends on how many requests I get over the next 46 hours due to the long weekend. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Press were present before Christy Clark showed up with the brown bag lunches, too bad they told her where to stand

Note: There appears to be some confusion over just how close the Premier of British Columbia was standing when she visited the Voting Places on Election Day as a Candidate (not permitted to be within 100 metres).

Photo by Nick Procaylo

Note:  Looking for those juicy photos of politicians and rioters, just find the photographers names on the credits of the photos and do a search via Google   Images.

Elections BC is confused the most, and because it is the leading authority on defining/deciding the difference between facts and myths of complaints, here is a clarification of what type of measurement we use in Canada.

Just to be clear, 100 metres is not equal to 100 feet!

Source: Canadian Metrication  by Joseph B. Reid, President Emeritus, Canadian Metric Association

100 metres = 328.083 feet                   100 feet =30.48 meters
Update May 15, 2011

Complaints regarding contraventions of this Act etc

277  (1) If the chief electoral officer receives a complaint alleging that this Act or a regulation under this Act has been contravened, the chief electoral officer must consider whether to investigate the matter.
(2) The chief electoral officer must refuse to investigate a complaint that in the view of the chief electoral officer appears to be frivolous, vexatious or obviously unfounded.
(3) If a complaint is made in writing and the chief electoral officer decides not to conduct an investigation, the chief electoral officer must notify the complainant in writing of the reasons for the decision.

Subversion of election by an official

 (1) An election official or voter registration official who contravenes this Act, a regulation under this Act or a direction of the chief electoral officer commits an offence if the official knew or ought to have known that the contravention would likely affect the results or validity of an election, whether or not it in fact has that effect.

Individuals who may be present at voting proceedings

93  (1) Except as provided in this section, an individual must not be present at a voting place while voting proceedings are being conducted.

(3) Other than for the purpose of voting, a candidate must not be present while voting proceedings are being conducted.

Is it any surprise at all, of how Elections BC has been responding to questions regarding the legality of why the Premier of the Province of British Columbia has been allowed to just waltz up to within 50 metres, and closer, to a voting booth, without her staff ensuring that she stays to the maximum limit of100 metres?

She had the election aced, or did she?  Is that why she chose to stand at the only entrance to the Voting Place?

All this fuss about Candidate Christy Clark showing up with bags of lunches for her workers (Scrutineers).

There's this one small problem with the timing of her arrival, well actually two problems, and its the last one that we can all blame on the Late Pierre Elliott Trudeau for:

I asked myself, why didn't every one of her workers take a brown bag lunch with them when they knew that they were going to be there all day, from the moment before the voting polls opened, till well after they closed.

How did they know when to come out of the building to pick up their bagged lunches, when no cellular phones are permitted?

Was Christy doing the rounds of all of the voting buildings?

She certainly couldn't go in with the lunches, Candidates are barred from going in, except to vote, once.

How did the Press know which voting building to show up at, and at what particular time?

Over at Laila Yuile's blog Elections BC did provide an answer:

”Hi Cheryl,
you are correct, candidates are only allowed within a voting place if they are voting. We have reviewed the facts and determined that lunch was delivered to campaign workers outside the building where voting was being conducted. At no time did Christy Clark go within the voting place.

Thank you for bring this to our attention.

Chris Roberts
Elections BC"
There were plenty of campaigners working on behalf of all Candidates, why did Christy take it upon herself to deliver the bagged lunches instead of delegating the job to someone else..... who wasn't a Candidate who has to carefully walk the line when it comes to rules and regulations?  Is Christy another one of those micro-managers, like Gordon Campbell?

Voting places "are usually rooms within buildings that are publicly accessible within a community," he said. "In this case, the candidate delivered lunches to campaign workers outside the building in which the voting place was located. At no time did the candidate enter the voting place."  The Tyee

The Election laws state that no signs are permitted within 100 meters of the voting place.  Elections BC says that the voting rooms are within buildings, therefore one could assume that elections signs will, at the next provincial election, be measured from the election booths!  Too late, that's the case already.

Restriction on election campaigning near election offices and voting places

(2) While advance voting or general voting is being conducted at a voting place, an individual or organization must not do any of the following in or within 100 metres of the building where the voting is being conducted:
(a) post, display or disseminate   SNIP

Now here's the problem for me, and which Elections BC hasn't properly answered.  There were 130 tallies being made on election day, does that mean that she approached the voting areas with enough food to fill the bellies of all her campaign workers?    Did she violate the laws of British Columbia not once but 130 times?  Or were the Press only there for one voting building/booth?

You see, way back when PET was Prime Minister of Canada he introduced the metric system to Canada, and British Columbia along with all the other provinces and territories in Canada.  A lot of people still have trouble understanding how much longer one meter is than a foot. 

I've been told that a Google Earth Image is worth a Thousand words when it comes to silly rebuttals from Chris Roberts or his boss Craig James over at Elections BC.

We've all seen the photographs of Christy Clark, along with her entourage of paparazzi working for the local media at the gates to the schoolyard, but here's one photo that says that Elections BC should annul the blissful wedding of one Christy Clark to the status of MLA.
There's a yellow measured line going from the centre of the building

The little yellow line in the Google Earth photo above is 99.27 meters long, but the distance to stay away from the voting booth is a radius of 100 meters!

With boxed brown bag lunches

The proof that she was well within the 100 metres is in every photograph that has been taken by the press when compared with a map.  This isn't rocket science, its facts, the kind of stuff that Elections BC normally thrives on.

No brown bag lunches in sight.  There's a voter walking towards the Voting Place.  There's a Voting Place sign well within the 100 metre radius.  What's Ms. Clark doing standing on her "soapbox" where Elections BC signs are visible?

I'd say that the NDP candidate won the election in Vancouver - Point Grey, wouldn't you?